Jan 15, 2013 5:30pm PST
today. after years of denials, lance armstrong has finally admitted to doping. now the attention turns to questions about why he chose to do it and the huge consequences he and others could face. nbc's anne thompson has been covering the lance armstrong saga for years. she's here with us in the studio tonight. anne, good evening. >> good evening, brian. you know, the decision to talk actually split the tight circle of advisers around lance armstrong, but those close to the former cyclist say over and over that this was armstrong's decision alone and not part of some big public relations plan. over the christmas holiday, they say, armstrong decided it was finally time to come clean. once a hero, lance armstrong is now by his own admission a liar. the cancer survivor built his mythic image on seven consecutive victories in the tour de france and vehement denials that his success was helped by performance-enhancing drugs. >> have you ever, ever, in the history of this race, used performance-enhancing drugs? >> absolutely not. never. not once. >> how many times do i have to say it? >> we h
Jan 17, 2013 11:00pm PST
. another story now, about a lie. tonight, lance armstrong's fall from grace entered a new chapter, admission for the first time, the world heard armstrong come clean, admitting to years of disception. it was gripping to watch this interview tonight. a lot of people are now asking what is his motivation in finally admitting the truth here? >> yeah, absolutely. he is one of the most famous athletes in the world and for millions an inspirational cancer survivor that built a movement around his comeback after beating the disease. armstrong admits that years of accusations against him are true. he lied. >> a one word answer. >> did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance in. >> yes. >> after years of denial, he admitted that he used performance-enhancing drugs. >> in all seven of your tour de france victories did you ever take banned substances or blood dope? >> yes. >> it's an admission that he has spent more than a decade denying. >> not once. >> even under oath in a 2005 deposition. >> i have never taken drugs. i have used this situation as one big lie. t
Jan 19, 2013 5:00am PST
morning, welcome to today on a saturday morning. >> many people watching lance armstrong, on thursday when he sat down with oprah winfrey, they thought he didn't seem all that remorseful. he teared up when talking about his kids. >> do tears make the difference of how people will perceive this in the end? >> today, a cycling insider talked about his future. >>> we're also going to update you on that ost damage situation in algeria where hostages were taken. >>> then we'll look at the church of scientology and some of the roles it plays in hollywood. we'll ask the author of a new book that explores the relationship of sine technology and celebrities. >>> it's been a month now since we noticed the twinkies disappearing, but now there is a new treat that is stepping up. we want to begin with lance armstrong about years of doping and lying. last night he apologized to his kids and his fans. >> what do you say to those millions of people who belied. >> i say i understand your anger. your sense of betrayal. you supported me forever, through all of this, and you believed, and i lied to you. and i
Jan 18, 2013 5:00am PST
's flight set out of san jose. >>> you may have seen lance armstrong confessing to using performance enhancing drugs with his interview with oprah. why he says he doesn't think he cheated. >>> welcome back. wanted to give you a live look of a bizarre situation that's under way in chicago. you're looking live at a cemetery there with authorities have begun exhuming the body of a chicago man who was poisoned with cyanide after winning the lottery. they say this man died in july as he was about to collect $425,000 in lottery winnings. his death was initially ruled as a result of natural causes but a relative pressed for a much deeper look. that's what's going to happen now. the cook county medical examiner plans to conduct another autopsy all in an effort to figure out exactly how this lottery winner died. we'll continue to stay on this story to bring you the latest. it's 5:41 now. >>> washington getting ready for president obama's second inauguration. some of the hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to attend are already arriving. "today in the bay's" tracie potts is live o
Jan 18, 2013 5:00pm PST
, an alert from doctors about how things can go from bad to worse quickly. >>> paying the price. lance armstrong admits he did it and now they tally up the cost. >>> and the hidden danger exposed by that terrible hoax at notre dame and how many people find themselves caught up in something like it. >>> also, our friday night "making a difference" report. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening, there's some sad news heading into this weekend for at least one american family. an american has been killed overseas. his death believed to be the result of a mission launched to free a large group of hostages who were taken at a bp natural gas complex. islamic militants took hostages at the facility in the sahara desert in algeria.
Jan 17, 2013 6:00am PST
hostage. >>> new this morning, the ioc stripping lance armstrong of his bronze medal from the 2000 sidney olympics because of his involvement in doping. officials close to the decision say the committee sent a letter to armstrong asking him to return that medal. armstrong's interview with oprah in which he reportedly admits to doping is scheduled to air tonight. >>> sports world buzzing about monti te'o. a tweet says everything will be explained at noon today. >>> it's not clear this morning whether te'o knew his online love wasn't a real person. >> scott mcgrew says fake people are all over the internet. >> a huge problem for internet companies. not just fake nigerian bankers looking for money or fake girlfriends but entire fake accounts on services like facebook where more than 80 million accounts may not be real people. that's facebook's own estimates. that's the population of egypt. fake profiles are a problem. they mislead twiadvertisers int thinking people are paying more attention to products than they are. >>> you remember last week we were talking about a new offer from walmart.